Welcome back everyone. This week I bring you yet another installment of the YOUTUBE Binge. A monthly article highlighting some great finds inside the YouTube world that I think comic lovers would appreciate to watch. This month I wanted to focus on Jim Lee.
For anyone reading this who doesn’t have a small background in comics, or for the newer generation, Jim Lee is currently one of DC’s big guns. He bought into the company after selling his Wild Storm productions company which was previously under the Image distribution company umbrella. The most famous of his independent work was the Wild.C.A.Ts, Grifter in particular out of that title. His most noteworthy work from Marvel was his work on X-Men (which was what I was re-reading before I thought of this article).
Jim Lee has been in the game for a while and he’s been there for the age of comics that captured my attention. As another week has passed with DC and Marvel releasing nothing worth reading, I gravitated to the classics and Jim Lee’s work was definitely some of my favorite. Grifter is one of my top 5 comics. I have the majority of his stand alone comics and followed WildC.A.T.s up until its second line up. I also have his complete X-Men run as I think any comic reader from the 90s should.
So, to begin with, I have added a three-hour long discussion that he had with Kevin Smith on FatMan on Batman. He goes into the drive that inspired him to work harder at creating comic than anything else, the creation of Image with other big-name artists, selling his companies, and lastly work at DC.
After that I found the complete run of the Wild C.A.T.s, also known as the Wild Covert Action Team, cartoon run from the 90’s. I actually never saw these — when they came out I was a little older than their target. They are definitely a 90s cartoon with the over-the-top, rock-and-roll intro. But re-watching them now as an older fan I have to say that they did a great job translating the comic story and arc over into the cartoon. Obviously it was dumbed down a bit for younger viewers but overall it was solid.
It’s about 20 full episodes that run for 30 minutes a piece so this gives you a lot to chew on.
And lastly I added some of the Gen 13 work that also came out of Jim Lee’s indie work. To be honest I have never been a Gen 13 fan, I only add it here to be inclusive and to showcase Jim Lee’s most popular work. I always felt that some the characters in this title were over sexualized whether men or women. If it wasn’t for my The Maxx/ Gen 13 crossover on Image comics I wouldn’t own anything to do with Gen 13. Nonetheless here are some animated iterations of Gen 13; I watched them all and they weren’t as bad as I thought they were going to be.